PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SPOILER-RICH ZONE

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SPOILER-RICH ZONE. If your diet requires you to dine on Buffy Spoiler-free ... good luck with that.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Last Night, You Know, Did Anybody, um...Burst Into Song?

Cover design by Savark Dicupe
who also played Giles


"Last night, you know, did anybody, um...burst into song?" ~Buffy Summers, Once More with Feeling


Sunday night, Zelda and I had the pleasure of attending GayGeeks of NY’s 2nd annual Buffy musical sing-along and trivia contest. Having bought VIP tickets, our group of four was allowed to arrive an hour early in order to get seats – and it’s a good thing we did!  The venue, Vlada, was packed with over two hundred people eager to sing along with Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies.

There were few seats, but our own gang of Scoobies was able to score a couch near the stage.  As VIP ticket holders, we also got sing-along sheets with all the lyrics (not that we needed them!).  Vlada’s bar even stocked special Buffy-themed cocktails: Sweet’s Cocktail was a deliciously sweet drink made from Strawberry Vodka and Sprite, while the “Mustard-tini” was a yellow concoction made from Lemon Vodka, Pineapple juice and something else that I’m sure made it very good…but that I refrained from.  The hosts of the evening promised that it neither included mustard nor tasted like mustard [But … it still had mustard in the title, which ew. – Z].

Buffy has a theory it doesn't matter.
And then the night started! Along with Gay Geeks of NY’s founder, Nick DelGiudice, our M.C. for the evening was Miz Jade, who had the dual duties of being both host and Once More with Feeling’s Big Bad, Sweet….nicknamed Sweet Ass Sweet.  After a few introductions, the overture began to play and blonde-bewigged actress Mara Dratfield stepped out through the fog (yes, there was a fog machine), carrying a stake and lip-synching the opening number, “Going Through the Motions.”  From then on, we got number after number of actors having the time of their lives.  The songs were all lip-synched – except, of course, for Sweet’s “What You Feel,” which was belted out by Miz Jade, with Billy Hannon accompanying her on piano (and providing Dawn’s part in a jazzy tenor).

Spike and Buffy get dirty
And of course, alternating with the performance were rounds of trivia!  Twenty-one teams full of Buffy nerds with team names such as “Clem’s Kittens,” “Mmm Cookies,” and “Slayerfest ‘13” competed in four different trivia rounds throughout the evening.  Two of the rounds were the traditional simple question and answer round.  But simple is probably not the right word, considering you really had to be a Buffy expert to know the answers to these questions. (Quick! What high school did Buffy attend before Sunnydale? What song did Giles sing at the Espresso Pump? Who among the Scoobies likes Onion Blossoms? And – for the truly insane – who played Willow in the unaired pilot?)

One of the other rounds was “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” where one member from each team had to go up on stage, choose a random number which corresponded to an excerpt from the Buffy musical and finish the lyrics.  Zelda, being the only brave one of us, represented Team “Ampata’s Mom Jeans,” a name proudly chosen by our teammate Matt.  This round’s points were based on difficulty and length of the lyrics.  Zelda, as chance would have it, chose one of the most difficult ones – a section from “Life’s a Show” – and won 8 points for our team!  [You guys, holy crap, I was shaking. There’s a reason I never tried to pursue a career in musical theatre. – Z] Considering most of the teams couldn’t even get their three pointers, I was a very proud co-blogger indeed. [I then promptly fainted. You know … metaphorically. – Z]

The final trivia round was called the “Hush” round, where one team member chose four episode titles at random to act out – charades style – for the rest of the team.  Matt acted out “Fool For Love,” “Touched,” “Band Candy,” and “The Pack” beautifully but unfortunately time ran out before we could guess the fourth.
And we’re happy to say that we placed second out of the original twenty-one teams.  Not bad, though we missed it by one point!
All in all, we had a fabulous night with Gay Geeks of NY’s interpretation of the songs of Buffy, along with some added bonuses:  we got to shout “Shut the fuck up, Dawn!” to Billy Hannon, who played Dawn as a kleptomaniac, stealing everything she could get her hands on; the mostly-silent Willow shouting “Oh Shit” when Buffy revealed she was pulled out of heaven; and other fun asides, such as when Sweet Ass Sweet asked Dawn how long she’d been living in Sunnydale – “Oh, about a season and a half.”


All proceeds for the evening went to The Trevor Project, a great organization that you can learn all about here. Thanks for a great night, Gay Geeks of NY!

All photos by Mike Cho of Gay Geeks of NY

2 comments:

  1. Looks like you two had a blast! I'm so jealous. ;)

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  2. Wow I would love this so much, and well done for doing so well.

    I'm also pleased to say I got all the trivia questions you posted right. It took me a few minutes to remember Riff Regan's name but I managed to dredge it up from somewhere in the back of my brain after a few minutes. Which just means I'm still a massive geek yay! All those Buffy trivia quizes I used to do have paid off.

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